Definition of “hold/keep sb/sth at bay” - English Dictionary

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“hold/keep sb/sth at bay” in British English

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hold/keep sb/sth at bay

C2 to prevent someone or something unpleasant from harming you:

Exercise can help keep fat at bay.

(Definition of “hold/keep sb/sth at bay” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)